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Durham University

Human Resources & Organisational Development

Engaging Others in Change

As an employee and team member, the more you engage with the process of change, the more you are likely to influence the outcomes.

If you are leading change, it's essential to firstly identify and then engage all of your stakeholders appropriately. It may be helpful to think of a stakeholder as anyone who is affected by, or can affect, the change that will take place.

Stakeholders may include:

  • Senior management team/s.
  • Staff in your team.
  • Peers (colleagues at your level who work in other areas).
  • External relationships (including suppliers, central functions, customers, students, unions).

Once you have identified who your stakeholders are, you can then plan to engage and communicate with them appropriately and effectively.